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Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

(70cl, 57%)

Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

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Octomore 06.1 Bottling Note

The sixth edition of experimental Octomore, famous for being made with the most heavily peated barley on the planet. Bruichladdich are still able to impart a delicate, graceful emphasis within this intense whisky.

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Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley Reviews

The angels got their share, but we've got the best bit.

Sipped 17 Apr 20, lightening up and integrating nicely the last few years. Smoother than two years back, peat is still lively and not too caramel-ey, but still firm. The peatiest experience. Lovely.

18th April 2020

Five star great depth

I had this whisky over a few evenings of a Bordeaux River Cruise with Viking and found it a fantastic experience that will need to be repeated. Well done to Viking for holding it for guests.

14th April 2019

I would give this a 92 to 93 rating.

So far my favourite of the x.1 series and better than most x.3 series. Have not had the 6.3. Anyone who is disappointed is likely not a true peated scotch drinker.

6th November 2018

Another fantastic Octomore

The usual Reddit trolls are on this page too (eg, the comment "it's a good $20 whisky"). Ignore them. This is one of the best Islay's on the market.

17th April 2018

Chameleon of Indulgence

Purchased this expression in the Cayman Islands for a mere $230 CA . Expensive yes, but it is worth every penny. Upon opening the cork, Islay peat, smokey ribs and sweet and sour notes emerge initiating a mouth watering reaction. A small sip brings these notes immediately to fruition. Delicious. Adding a drop of water changes the profile after a few minutes. In fact, letting it breathe after a drop and a swirl will also change the liquid adding more complexity and evident changing notes. Sweetness emerges as the smoke lingers in the back. Truly an dram fit for a king.

12th April 2018

not bad, but not worth it

Waiting to own a bottle for a long time now... to give it away:
it's pretty much of a disappointment..

Pretty sharp alcohol, only slighty medical, less smoke than expected...
a lagavulin/smokehead has much more smoke here.

Surprisingly sweet and the smoke fits in quite flawlessly, but lesser than expected.. not much more to recognize... not the smoky explosion i expected. Reminds me of talisker 57° but missing the salt..
Still quite enjoyable.

medium length, some nice smoke, revealing a hint of oak

A nice whisky for 5 years of age, but then again, for 5 years of age fuckin expensive..
I don't know what kind of benchmark the phenols should be if there's more intense stuff
around in any respect.

Without respecting the price: 4
With price tag involved: 2

25th January 2018


Mind blowing. Something truly different to the run of the mill malts being pushed out these days. If you love Islays get 2 you will want to drink one....and save one. A collectors item in the future

22nd September 2017


This has got to be one of my favourite, if not my favourite whiskeys. This is an exceptional single malt. It has a very bolt peaty and smokey flavour that is so moreish. I treated my self to a bottle of this after trying it in bars twice and I loved it! I paid £140 for it and can honestly say it is worth every penny, baring in mind that previous to this I had never spent over £35 on a bottle of whisky. I am relatively new to whisky but I have tried many. This one is special!

8th August 2017

5 stars

Maximum taste in all directions!

9th September 2016

Peaty, rich, smooth

I'm not sure how they packed this much smoky peat (167 ppm), a high alcohol content (57%), with young age (5 yrs), and produced such a smooth, rich, delicious whisky. I like Ardbeg Uigeadail, but this is smoother AND peatier. I love Lagavulin 16, and I would describe this Octomore as an exponentially stronger, peatier manifestation, yet the same underlying taste and smoothness. I made the mistake of following the Octomore with a dram of Lagavulin, and I tasted no peat in the Laga.

23rd August 2016

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